Is there such a thing as truth? Or is there only ‘your truth’ and ‘my truth’? Perhaps if we remember that we are spiritual beings and therefore live in a world in which finding real truth is a possibility, then we can strive toward finding an answer. For although it is certainly true that each of us has his or her individual experiences, that is so only on one level: on another level we can find the glorious paradox that shows that the individual, if rooted in truth, is also the Universal. How to honor the experience of the individual but to also keep hold of the Universal truths where we can meet—this is a great question of our time.
So while every child is an individual, there is also a lawfulness having to do with human development, a lawfulness applicable to all children: thus the individual and the Universal dance together to form the destiny of each human being. A task can be to really understand one’s destiny and one can only do that if one seeks the spiritual truth that gently weaves throughout one’s life.
Our society is right now in a time of upheaval and the inroads made by postmodernist-based thinking (including Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory) tell us that there is no Universal, no reason, no purpose. Postmodernist thinking is entirely materialistic—there is no God, no Spirit. There is only my truth and your truth and a cultural relativism that exists between. The clarity and rigor of seeking for truth is seen as, at best, a waste of time, at worst, hateful. If I question what you say or think, I am, in the view of way too many activists, doing you violence. The way forward for those who embrace this nihilistic viewpoint is through deconstruction, destruction, ‘breaking it down’. Indeed, amongst activists, ‘to queer’ is synonymous with ‘to disrupt.’ Rational scientific thinking is seen as Eurocentric, ‘White’ and an insult.